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Encyclopaedia Britannica | On This Day
July 31
Milton Friedman

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Milton Friedman

American economist

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Apollo 15

FEATURED EVENT

1971

Lunar Roving Vehicle first used on the Moon

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Michael Phelps
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Gore Vidal
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Raúl Castro
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